Note: Tomorrow is our monthly school maintenance day and there will be no classroom blog.
Yesterday, we made a stop motion video of a tree growing. Nearly everyone played a role in creating the animated illustration. It took lots of time and patience to draw and photograph frame-by-frame, but we had lots of fun learning this new technique.
Today, we watched the movie together and the consensus was that our creation looked like a lot of things but not necessarily like a tree.
Sally: It looks like a monster.
Will: It’s like a dragon.
Rowan: It looks like a bird.
Sam: It looks like a chicken.
Sally: It looks like a flower.
Other suggestions included a tiger, an eagle, a frog, and a monkey--though it did have a few tree-like elements, thanks to Sam’s idea to add branches and leaves. We then talked about what we do know about trees and what we could do to make it more tree-like.
Louise: You put lots of leaves on it.
Austin: Trees have stumps, sticks, leaves. There’s nests on there.
Grace: Trees are real because they have leaves falling down.
Kian: They have chocolate on the top.
Several children started a new drawing on the dry-erase board, just to map out what we know about how trees grow. We started with the ground, then added grass. We agree that the tree starts from a seed in the ground, but then we weren’t sure what happened next. Jack suggested it came out of the ground as a stump. Austin said that, “It starts skinny, but it gets fatter and fatter” though he couldn’t illustrate how this worked and the others didn’t quite agree. The form of a tree as it come out of the ground—and how it goes from a seed to a stump—was really hard to resolve, but everyone was intrigued, so we decided to do some research online. We found lots of different images of baby trees and were surprised at how small some of them were. Then we found an image of a sapling growing out of something round-ish. Austin guessed, “it’s a seed!” Jack found other similar images, observing “this could be the seed.” A little while later, Will joined the group and noticed a different image: "This is how plants grow. That is the root. The dirty part."
by Lisa & Rachael
Pieces of Tucker Room experiences.